PEARL JAM has canceled tonight’s concert at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California and Friday’s show at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada after bassist Jeff Ament tested positive for COVID-19.
The latest concert cancelations come just days after drummer Matt Cameron contracted COVID-19, leading the other members of PEARL JAM to recruit new touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, longtime Ament collaborator Richard Stuveru, a fan plucked from the audience, a high school senior, and original PEARL JAM drummer Dave Krusen to sit behind the kit for their shows in Oakland and Fresno.
Earlier today, PEARL JAM released the following statement via social media: “While the band battled through Oakland after drummer Matt Cameron tested positive for Covid, and Fresno where Ed [Vedder, vocals] and the band got through it with the help of Dave Krusen as special guest drummer, they now have to present the heartbreaking news that this morning bassist Jeff Ament has tested positive for Covid.
“This is horrible for everybody involved and we are especially sorry to those out there who have made plans to attend these shows.
“Our attention to staying inside the bubble has been constant. We have truly done all that we could have to remain clear of infection.
“Regretfully, the Sacramento and Las Vegas shows are canceled. Ticket refunds will be automatically processed to ticket holders’ method of purchase. We are so very sorry. Be safe out there.”
PEARL JAM will kick off its European tour on June 18 at the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands. The second leg of PEARL JAM‘s North American trek will launch September 1 in Quebec City.
On March 9, 2020, PEARL JAM was the first major artist to pull the plug and postpone its spring 2020 tour dates due to COVID-19 concerns. A few weeks later, the band’s new album, “Gigaton”, was released to critical acclaim but empty venues. Nearly two years later, PEARL JAM finally announced that it would hit the road with their 2020 North American tour dates officially rescheduled for May and September 2022.
(1/4)Dear PJ fans and ticket holders,
While the band battled through Oakland after drummer Matt Cameron tested positive for Covid, and Fresno where Ed and the band got through it with the help of Dave Krusen as special guest drummer, pic.twitter.com/pmonPs99wq
— Pearl Jam 🇺🇦 (@PearlJam) May 18, 2022